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Ravens’ Lewis Charged With Murder

February 1, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) _ Police charged Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis with murder late Monday in the slayings of two people outside an Atlanta nightclub hours after the Super Bowl ended.

Lewis, middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, was charged after a day of investigation into the slaying at the Cobalt lounge in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood about 4 a.m. Monday.

Lewis, who had been thought to be en route to the Pro Bowl game in Hawaii, was taken into custody and was expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

Two men were stabbed during a fight that broke out just as the party was ending at the club.

Witnesses said six men had fought and argued with the two victims. The men fled in a black Lincoln Navigator stretch limousine, firing at least five gunshots as they drove away.

Police found the vehicle, with New York license plates, in a parking lot behind a hotel near the shooting scene, Atlanta police spokesman John Quigley said.

Quigley and Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead both said they could not release details of the investigation.

Local broadcast outlets said earlier that Lewis had been questioned as a possible witness but was not a suspect.

One man died at the scene and the other victim died at Grady Memorial Hospital. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victims as Jacinta Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24, both of Atlanta.

Despite the report of shots, Atlanta police Lt. M.C. Smith said the preliminary investigation indicated both victims were stabbed to death.

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